• France v South Africa for 2nd time in 3 days

    Three days after France beat South Africa in the voting to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup, the countries meet on the field in a rugby test that suddenly has some added spice.

  • Nicaragua’s Sergio Ramirez wins Spain’s Cervantes prize

    MADRID (AP) — The Spanish government says Nicaraguan author and former politician Sergio Ramirez Mercado has won the 2017 Cervantes Prize, the Spanish-speaking world’s highest literary honor.

  • Ireland throwing B team against Fiji in Dublin

    MAYNOOTH, Ireland (AP) — Joey Carbury will be at flyhalf for Ireland against Fiji on Saturday at Lansdowne Road, with just two starters retained from the side which thumped South Africa 38-3.

  • UK banning relationships between coaches, athletes under 18

    LONDON (AP) — The British government says sexual relationships between sports coaches and athletes under the age of 18 in their care will be made illegal.

  • Small race winners DQ’d for using agent tied to doping

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Marathon organizers in Virginia have stripped winners of last weekend’s races of their titles after discovering they were managed by a Russian sports agent whose past doping concerns were chronicled in an Associated Press report.

  • Derby weekend in European soccer as leagues resume

    What to watch in the leading soccer leagues in Europe this weekend:

  • Ex-France minister has to pay damages to Nadal

    PARIS (AP) — Former French minister for health and sport Roselyne Bachelot was ordered to pay 10,000 euros ($11,800) in damages to Rafael Nadal on Thursday after accusing him of doping.

  • Wales overhauls team for rugby test v Georgia

    CARDIFF, Wales (AP) — Wales selected a virtual reserve team for its first rugby test against Georgia in Cardiff on Saturday, with Liam Williams the only player retaining his place from the loss to Australia last weekend.

  • Adrien Silva’s legal request to play for Leicester refused

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Adrien Silva’s emergency request to be allowed to play for Leicester has been rejected by sport’s highest court.

  • CAS rules FIFA wrong to fine Mexico for fans’ gay slur chant

    GENEVA (AP) — FIFA was judged wrong to fine Mexico’s soccer federation for fans chanting gay slurs at opposition goalkeepers at World Cup qualifying games.